Equatorial Guinea plans to buy Russian-made BMP-3 armoured infantry fighting vehicle 12712153

Defence & Security News - Equatorial Guinea
 
Equatorial Guinea plans to buy Russian-made BMP-3 armoured infantry fighting vehicle.
Equatorial Guinea plans to buy from Russia BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, work on a relevant contract will start in 2016, a spokesman for the Tractor Plants concern, which manufactures the vehicles, told TASS.
     
Equatorial Guinea plans to buy from Russia BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, work on a relevant contract will start in 2016, a spokesman for the Tractor Plants concern, which manufactures the vehicles, told TASS. Russian-made BMP-3 in live demonstration at Defense Exhibition near Moscow, Russia.
     
"In 2016, work on a contact with Equatorial Guinea is planned. The country plans to buy BMP-3 vehicles. Besides, implementation of contracts to supply spare parts to the UAE, Venezuela, South Korea, India will be continued," the spokesman said.

The BMP-3 is a Soviet tracked amphibious infantry fighting vehicle, successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2, which entered service with the Soviet army in 1990 and made its first public appearance the same year.

The BMP-3 has the greatest firepower in the category of IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). The main armament of the BMP-3 is a 100mm 2A70 semi-automatic rifled gun / missile launcher, which is stabilised in two axes and can fire either 3UOF HE-FRAG rounds or 3UBK10 anti-tank guided missiles. Effective range for the HE-FRAG round is 4,000m. Muzzle velocity is 250m/s. 22 HE-FRAG rounds can be carried in the automatic loader, total ammunition load being 40 rounds. Rate of fire is ten rounds a minute. The gun fires the 3UBK10 anti-tank guided missile round, which consists of the 9M117 laser beamriding missile and container. This missile is used in the Bastion missile system (Nato designation AT-10 Stabber).

Second armament of BMP-3 includes one 30 mm 2A72 coaxial cannon and one 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun. One 7.62 mm PKT machine gun is mounted either side of the hull, firing forwards and these are operated by one of the front three crew members.
 

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